Here we go again....someone always playing the "race card". Unfair treatment for one neighborhood over an other. Is exactly why Youngstown is the dumping ground of Northeast Ohio.
I am very glad Gillum got the response he did from the agency explaining how the monies were allocated and why. Pure economics...not race.
January 11, 2015 at 1:37 p.m.
@snarklar- If you want to make a positive difference, don't pick criminals to use as poster children for your campaign.
The 2 people that caused all the protesting regarding "police brutality" both had criminal records and in the case of Michael Brown, had just finished robbing a store. How would you have felt if you were the store owner that had just been robbed. Many other businesses have paid the price for this violence and none had anything more to do with it than just being located in the area to serve that section of the population.
Quit playing the "race card" and become part of the solution, not the problem.
If you have done nothing wrong, when a police officer asks you to stop because he wants to talk with you, you stop to find out what he wants. If you run or attack that person, you obviously have something to hide.
January 11, 2015 at 12:19 p.m.
Sounds like a match made in Columbus! hehehe
January 10, 2015 at 3:40 p.m.
January 10, 2015 at 3:34 p.m.
@Snarklar - I guess someone must like him as he unseated an Incumbent to get elected which is no easy task. Fortunately, Gerberry represents my district and I feel he does a fine job for us. No complaints here on that one.
January 10, 2015 at 9:20 a.m.
After being a state representative for 20 odd years and being a resident of the worst school system in the state, I think it is hysterical that Bob Hagan is going after the Charter schools and now I see that his wife is also stating that public education is one of her main priorities.
Where the heck was your husband during the time he was in office? Why did he do nothing about the deplorable condition of the Youngstown schools and what are YOU planning to do to correct that situation? Millions of dollars of taxpayer money has been poured into that district over the past 10 - 15 years in new buildings, equipment and technology, not counting the salaries and benefits paid to the failed administrations hired to run them. I am not blaming any of the teaching staff as they can only be expected to work with what they are given....not be miracle workers.
I sincerely hope, for the sake of our young people, that you do more than your predecessor (husband) did for them. I also hope that if you and he (now on the State school board) don't resolve this issue, the people of Youngstown have the good sense to show you 2 the door at the end of your terms and elect some people with vision. One that will actually solve these problems and will benefit both the students and the community in positive and demonstrative ways.
January 10, 2015 at 8:31 a.m.
As I read this article, several thoughts came to mind. First item is the way schools are funded in Ohio. Many years ago, the State Supreme Court ruled that it is unconstitutional that we fund public education as we do, yet nothing has ever been done about that.
The second thought was the mandates that come from Washington, issued by Bureaucrats, many of whom have likely never set foot in a classroom or have any real concept of what the school districts deal with on a daily basis. They keep experimenting with the lives of our students, who as not able to function in today's society.
The math skills of our students are atrocious. They can't make change or do simple calculations in their head without the use of a calculator or computerized cash register. Many can't read with any competency or spell and they are not taught handwriting any more. Additionally, History and Social Studies are being abandoned because the teachers are told, "If they can look it up on Google, don't worry about teaching it". Talk about idiocy at the highest level! Lastly, if students haven't mastered their work, they can not be required to repeat the grade and are just passed on to the next instructor to deal with. Dealing with failure is a part of life, and by not allowing students to learn this lesson has contributed to the entitlement mentality we see everyday in society...this is not meant to be a racist comment because it includes every sector of our population.
A third thought is what teachers deal with on a daily basis in their classrooms. The is no respect for authority, by the students, parents or administration in many cases and instead of being able to do their job and educate the students, they become glorified day care providers at the expense of students who truly want an education. This situation happens in virtually every school in the country, not just those located in the inner cities although it is more prominent there. Administrators and school boards are so afraid of being sued, they have abdicated their responsibility to the community as a whole and fail to control those who have been placed in their care by the public.
Lastly, the parents of all students need to be held accountable for the success or failure of their students. Education does not stop when the student leaves the school building at the end of the day. Education is a partnership between the student, parent, school and community and all need to do their respective parts to assure the students have a successful educational experience. They need to be taught to respect the instructor and conduct themselves accordingly in the classroom, to see that homework is being done, to show up at school everyday, on time, prepared to learn and stop playing the blame game. It is not society or someone else's fault for all situations that effect us. We are responsible for most of our actions and decisions and we win or lose accordingly.
January 10, 2015 at 7:32 a.m.
This is one time I have to completely agree with what Bertram writes in his article. Maybe the people of this area are finally getting tired of Dave Betras and the rest of the Mickey Mouse Club that has controlled the politics of this area for the last 60 years.
All one needs to do is take a short drive to Summit County to see how a city (Akron) and a county (Summit) can survive the financial disaster of losing its major industry and with some outside the box thinking and some vision, recover and become financially stable and expanding with new industries and partnerships with the local universities and businesses.
Maybe sometime in the next 50 years, Youngstown and Mahoning County will be able to join in this recovery, too..
January 8, 2015 at 10:27 p.m.
If His highness in Washington would have approved the XL pipeline and quit his bs with the EPA and locking up development of our natural resources, what we are seeing now could have happened 3 years ago. He states he wants us to be energy independent by 2024...We could be energy independent within the next couple of years of he took his head out of his back pocket.
With the abundance of resources between the US and Canada, the Middle East issues should be a non-event regarding the oil market. Let them eat their oil!
I agree that we should keep developing alternative energy sources, but I won't buy them until they become cost effective and efficient. In the meantime, we should continue to develop the resources that are plentiful and providing good jobs to US workers. As the prices continue to fall, this will help other sectors of the economy recover and free up capital for further expansion and rebuilding the infrastructure that has been let go by stealing the funds from the NHTF and redirecting it to Mass transit projects which only benefit a small region of the country.
January 8, 2015 at 10:02 p.m.
We have many people in this area working 2 and 3 jobs at $8-$10/hr trying to make ends meet and she wants 2 part-time jobs that would pay her $85,000? WTF? I am so tired of the whining....if it isn't racism, it's sexism or some other BS. When they put term limits into effect, they should have made it so it applied to all immediate family members too so we don't have any more of these political dynasties.
The problem with the area for the past 50 years or more is that if Mickey Mouse was on the ballot and he had a (D) after his name, he would win every election.
January 8, 2015 at 9:22 p.m.